Maintaining the lines between corporate existence and being an Erotic novelist.
I started writing in the summer of 2006. At that time I worked for the Department of Defense as a management analyst. Shortly thereafter, I left and started working as a Sr. Financial Analyst for LimitedBrands, the corporate headquarters of brands like Victoria Secret and Bath and Body Works. By the I exited corporate America last week, to pursue my dream of being a full time author, I was the Manager of Financial Planning and Analysis for Lane Bryant. As both my corporate career and my writing career flourished, I made choices along the way about how much to share with my employers about my “second job”.
In the beginning, I didn’t even mention it. Writing was a hobby to start. I was an avid reader and my husband made an offhanded comment one day, asking if I’d ever considered writing something. The next day I started writing Dream Machine. I’d taken creative writing in high school and my undergraduate degree was in photography with a minor in English as I’d considered photojournalism. But I’d never planned to write fiction for fun.
Until that day. By the end of the year I’d finished Dream Machine and submitted it to a contest to get some unbiased feedback. From there it was requested by one of the judges, an editor for Samhain, who ended up rejecting the manuscript but gave me invaluable feedback on my writing. I wrote another book, Picture Perfect, and sold that to Cobblestone Press in 2007. So, I started talking to friends and people about the fact that I had gotten published. Still, I never mentioned my pen name. Ever.
During my time with Limitedbrands, I kept my identity a secret. Back then, people didn’t generally understand digital first publishing anyway and due to the sexual content of my books I didn’t feel comfortable allowing that to influence people’s opinions of my business acumen and work. Although honestly, I’ve used everything I learned in my jobs in corporate retail environments to build my own brand and run my own business. Because the reality is that writing books is only a small part of what it takes to be a successful author.
At the tail end of my time working with that company I hit the NYT Bestseller list. I think by then most everyone I worked with knew I wrote. I was taking time off to travel to conferences and book signings plus the validity of hitting major bestseller lists made me feel more comfortable sharing about my “little hobby”. And when I was approached by Lane Bryant, I was very open. I told them upfront in my interview that I had another career and that it was significant in my life. I told them what I wrote before I was hired, “Yes, it’s like 50 Shades, but probably dirtier.”
And when I decided recently to walk away from corporate America, I think everyone was clear that I wasn’t running away from something I disliked… I’m very fortunate to have had two careers, which I enjoyed, going and gaining momentum at the same time. But that I was running toward my dream. Because if I can dedicate my entire focus, time and energy to this pursuit, I have to be able to do better at it, right?
In the end, I guess everyone has to make their own decisions but I think a lot of the backlash I worried about along the way might have been colored by my own insecurities. As I felt more confident, I shared more and in general people’s reactions were always highly favorable, supportive and shocked (which was fun!). I’m thinking of having a “retirement” party in a few weeks and inviting people from all the various parts of my life. How bizarre it would be to see them all mingling together J
Nothing’s sexier than seven men with hot rods.
Hot Rods, Book 1
After Eli’s mother died, his father honored her life’s mission as a social worker by taking in several kids from the wrong side of the tracks. Not all of them stuck, but those who did became Eli’s quasi family.
Their bonds, forged in fires set by their personal demons, are unbreakable—or so Eli wants to believe. Especially since he and Alanso, his best friend and head mechanic, witnessed the overpowering allure of polyamory while visiting the Powertools crew.
Much as Eli would like to deepen the relationships among his foster brothers and sister in the Hot Rods Restoration Team, he’s hesitant to risk everything on a quick romp behind a stack of tires.
But when Eli catches Alanso exploring their mutual fantasy at a known hookup spot in a public park, all bets are off. And Eli must decide if it’s time to jump in full throttle—and trust his instincts to guide him through the night. If the pair can dodge the potholes in their own relationship, maybe they can race together toward the unconventional arrangement with Mustang Sally they both desire.
Warning: Fasten your seatbelts, this is going to be a wild (and naughty) ride!
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